Saturday (22 September) was an ‘A’ day for Staffordshire thanks to Carl Moulton and Co. Carl won the Meerbrook 15K and helped the county to victory in a team match.
The Meerbrook 15K was race number 17 in the North Staffs Road Runners Association (NSRRA) programme. Renowned for its hilly aspects the race is set on the picturesque Staffordshire Moorlands. The climbs were fearsome but the runners were rewarded with views across the Cheshire plain and the surrounding areas.
A popular local fixture,, this race also incorporated the Inter Counties between Shropshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and Wales. It also attracted a good turnout of runners of all standards who were keen to pit themselves against a tough, unyielding course.
Making his Meerbrook debut was Tom Halloway of Steel City Striders who was hoping to repeat his success in the half marathon at July’s Stoke-on-Trent Festival of Running. He was in the leading pack when disaster struck at 5 miles as he was racing downhill, tripping over a large brick and sustaining an injury to his lower leg. Amy Gamble came to Tom’s rescue, driving him to A & E where he was diagnosed with an injured tendon. The Staffordshire running community wish Tom good luck with his recovery.
Carl Moulton of Boalloy won the 2018 Meerbrook 15K in 54:53 followed by Jonathan Smith of Lymm Runners in 55:31. Ryan Nokes of City of Stoke AC was third in 55:40.
Hannah Cowley of Helsby RC was the fastest female in 1:00:05. Sara Willhoit of Shrewsbury AC was second in 1:04:06 followed by Anna Hollingworth of Stone MM in 1:04:31.
Staffordshire won the Inter Counties.
Image courtesy of Matthew Basnett.